Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)

Root canal (endodontic) treatment is carried out to remove diseased and damaged pulp tissue from a tooth. This damage may occur for a variety of reasons including dental caries (decay), trauma, or damage resulting from old fillings or crowns. 

In many cases, the procedure can save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction.

About root canal treatment

Root canal treatment involves cleaning out the root canals and removing the diseased or damaged pulp tissue from the root canals. The root canals are cleaned and then filled with dental material.

Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic to prevent any pain. We do offer sedation services for nervous patients and understand that root canal treatment may seem daunting. Please feel free to discuss sedation with us.

Why would I need root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is recommended when tooth decay has spread to the pulp chamber or when the tooth has been traumatised. It is common for a crown to be fitted after root canal treatment to help seal the roots and offer strength to the remaining tooth during function.

Are there alternatives to root canal treatment?

The alternative to endodontic treatment is extraction of the tooth. Loss of a tooth could create a functional problem such as chewing or an aesthetic problem. Restoring the lost tooth may involve the provision of a prosthetic replacement such as a denture, bridge or a dental implant the costs of which are variable and usually higher. 

Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found on the Bristish Endodontic Society website:britishendodonticsociety/patientguide.pdf

Simply Endodontics is a dedicated clinic provided by Aisling Quinn, Specialist in Endodontics.

Referrals for treatment are usually be made by your dentist. In some cases it is also possible to self refer for this service. If you would like further information or to arrange a consultation, please call us or submit the online self-referral form.

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BDS Belfast 1993 MFGDP RCS (Eng) MSc Endo (QMUL) MEndo RCSEd

Specialist in Endodontics, GDC No. 69571


Aisling qualified from the Queen's University, Belfast in 1993 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and distinction in the Practice of Dentistry. She gained her MFGDP from the Royal College of Surgeons (UK) in 1998 and holds an MSc in Endodontic Practice from the Royal London Dental Teaching Hospital. Later she gained Membership in Endodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and was accepted on to the General Dental Council’s Specialist Register for Endodontics.

Aisling has lived in East Kent since 1999 and alongside her work as a Specialist Endodontist here in the heart of Birchington, she is also a Specialist Endodontist at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, London. In this role she treats patients with complex endodontic problems and those patients who have suffered severe dental trauma injuries. Aisling is also a member of the clinical and academic teaching team and course examiner for the post-graduate Endodontic Diploma at King’s College Hospital. For several years, she also taught Endodontics to Master’s students at the Royal London Dental Hospital.

Aisling also has a life beyond endodontics! having run 5 marathons and countless half-marathons but she is now content with walking and cycling by the Kent coast.



My first contact with Mr Hussain's surgery was following the complete failure of another dentist to satisfactorily deal with a number of complex dental problems. Not only did Mr Hussain resolve these problems, using advanced technology combined with top notch dental skills in a calm and comfortable setting, but the entire team at the surgery are caring, friendly and charming.

The practice offers a comprehensive list of general, restorative and advanced dental services to meet the needs of entire families.

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